Mato Grosso: Produce, Conserve, Include

On December 7th on the sidelines of COP 21, Governor Pedro Taques of Mato Grosso, Brazil launched internationally his state’s Produce, Conserve, and Include strategy, which aims to keep 6 GtCO₂ emissions from forests out of the atmosphere by 2030. The state-wide plan to reduce deforestation by 90%, restore 2.9 Mha of vegetation, increase agricultural production, and include smallholders and indigenous communities in low-emission rural development is being led by the Mato Grosso government and represents a unified agenda of government, civil society, companies and investors. The strategy integrates existing policies and builds on prior success in the state to reduce deforestation, while it also puts the integrated incentive systems in place to deliver the long-awaited “carrots” for farmers and local governments who are opting for sustainable land use.

Mato Grosso Profile
• Population – 3,265,486
• GDP – 41 billion USD
• Total Area – 903,378,292 km²
• Forest and Cerrado
o Annual Rate of Clearing – 1,508 km²/year in Amazon; 800 km²/year in Cerrado
o % Reduction in annual rate of clearing – 74% from 1996-2005 average in Amazon; 73% from 2001-2010 average in Cerrado


a. Convert 6 Mha of degraded pasture in 3 Mha for agriculture, 2,5 Mha for productive pasture and 0,5 Mha to forest plantation
b. Cattle: Increase productivity from 50 to 90kg/ha/yr by 2030
c. Grains: Increase in planted area from 9.5 to 12.4 Mha by 2025
d. Wood: Increase production of planted woods from 4.9 Mm³ to 11.75 Mm³ by 2030
e. Increase up to 6 Mha of sustainable forest management plan

a. Maintain 60% of native vegetation
b. Reduce deforestation by 90% in Forest and 95% in Cerrado by 203
c. Eliminate illegal deforestation by 2020
d. Restore 2.9 Mha of legal reserve and riparian areas by 2030
e. 90% of rural properties in the CAR platform (Rural Environmental Registry) by 2016 and 100% validated in 2018

a. Universalize technical assistance for 104.000 family farmers/smallholders
b. Secure land tenure for 100% of settlements
c. Increase smallholder access to markets from 20% to 70%, by 2030
d. Increase 3x available credit for smallholders

Note: 2015-2030 data is projected.

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